Educating children in an every changing world
At Our Lady Immaculate Primary School we strive to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and to foster good relations.
Our aim is to provide a framework that supports our commitment to valuing diversity, tackling discrimination, promoting equality and fostering good relationships between different groups of people. We recognise that the whole school community working together, encouraging strong, positive relationships between pupils, staff, parents, governors and other school stakeholders helps to provide the best education and life experiences for all our pupils.
Therefore as a school we have produced our own definitions so that they are aware of the correct terminology to use within our school community but also the wider world.
Refugee: When a person leaves their country of birth to seek protection or sanctuary.
Asylum seeker: A person who is seeking protection from another country and are awaiting refugee status.
Bisexual: People can love other people of both genders. People get to love who they love.
Gay: Two people of the same gender who love each other. Two men or two women.
Heterosexual: Two people of different genders who love each other. A man and a woman.
Transgender or Trans: When your gender identity (how you feel) is different than how your body is (your anatomy). When a person with a boy body feels like a girl inside their heart and brain. Or, when a person with a girl body feels like a boy inside their heart and brain.
Homophobia : When a person has a fear or a dislike for people who are gay.
Transvestite: A transvestite is someone who dresses in what would conventionally worn by the opposite gender, and acts in that manner. This has nothing to do with sexuality.
As a school we are aware that many of these terms may not be accessed by the children until they are in year 5/6, therefore our workshops to help develop their understanding is aimed at this age cohort.
- Y6 GANGS – Get Away N Get Safe Workshops – November 2016
- Y6 First Aid Workshops – 15th May 2017
- Y6 Refugee Awareness Workshops – 26th June 2017
- Y5/6 Kick Out Racism Event at LFC – 7th July 2017
For the rest of our school, alongside our PSHE curriculum there are often questions that can arise and we have lots of different ways to educate the children through use of specific books, activities, guest speakers which will be taught at an age appropriate level.
Here are a few examples of the books we use in school to educate the children
- The great big book of families
- Picnic in the park
- My princess boy
- And tango makes three
- Daddy, Papa and me
- Mummy, mama and me
- Its ok to be different
- The family book
- All I want to be is me
As always if you have any further questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Sergeant or Miss Hughes who will be happy to assist you further.
Findings of parent consultation
All parents in the school received a letter explaining the process of choosing the objective for equality and diversity for the school to work towards over the next three years. Parents were asked which objective they thought should be a priority, we received 62 responses back.
Objective 1- Narrow the gaps in attainment between boys and girls
Objective 2- To ensure derogatory language is not used or accepted within our school community
Objective 3- Improve better understanding and appreciation of diversity and difference in relation to different faith groups and children with disabilities
From the data collected we have now ranked the results in order of priority.
1st priority- To ensure derogatory language is not used or accepted within our school community.
2nd priority- Improve better understanding and appreciation of diversity and difference in relation to different faith groups and children with disabilities.
3rd priority- Narrow the gaps in attainment between boys and girls.
Examples of Equality and Diversity in our school
We had our first equality and diversity week in school! We had the charity ‘Daisy’ visit our school. We learnt about how even if you have a disability you can still achieve the same aspirations as able bodied people, it just needs to be adapted. We got to play blind football and experienced wheelchair relay. We have also had Liverpool Hope Teaching Students deliver activities in the afternoons focusing on Paralympics, gender equality and inspirational women.
Levi Tafari poet visit
Levi visited our school to teach us more about equality and diversity and how it can be promoted with the use of poetry and rapping. The Year 6 children worked all day to write their own poems based on their understanding of equality and diversity. The children then performed their poetry in front of the rest of Key Stage Two, the poems were amazing! Here are some pictures: